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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to New Congressional Map

When a judge says 'no' the first time, what do lawyers often do?

It's no joke: they ask again. That's basically what happened in the latest gerrymandering case to make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The High Court rejected a petition to stop a new congressional district plan in Pennsylvania -- again. Somehow the petitioners didn't get the message the first time.

Do Supreme Court Justices Need Better Security?

After his last meal, Justice Antonin Scalia stood up to retire for the evening.

"He stood up and said he was tired, he had had a long week and he would see us in the morning," said John Poindexter, who discovered Scalia's body the next morning two years ago.

Newly released security documents show that story could have ended differently. Marshals, responsible for protecting Supreme Court justices, did not show up for hours after his death.

Recently, headlines have been buzzing about the rumored retirement of Justice Kennedy. However, there hasn't been any announcement from the justice, nor the Court, about it. But the tradition of SCOTUS retirement speculation never stops.

Rather, the rumor mill has been churning thanks to the stump speech of a GOP Senator from Nevada, Dean Heller. Reportedly, during a campaign event, Heller claimed that Justice Kennedy will be retiring this summer. According to some, Heller is at risk of losing his Senate seat, particularly given the fact that Nevada voted Hillary in 2016.

The South Dakota v. Wayfair case is getting closer to the date set for argument in mid-April. The case has potentially major ramifications for online retailers large and small, consumers, and every state in the country.

The basic issue to be resolved is whether a South Dakota law requiring out of state online retailers to collect state sales tax is constitutional given the potential effect interstate commerce. But, as you may have gathered given the widespread prevalence and popularity of online shopping these days, this case is generating quite a bit of political buzz.

The tech billionaire that bought Martin's Beach, located just outside Half Moon Bay, California, has been facing an uphill legal battle ever since he decided to shut out the public. He's pretty much lost every step of the way.

Now, Vinod Khosla is at the top of that hill and asking SCOTUS to review the decision requiring him to maintain public access. Despite the fact that his plea is not expected to be taken up, commentators believe that the case provides SCOTUS a vehicle to further restrict a state's right to control private property.

Will SCOTUS Ban MAGA Hats and #MeToo Pins at the Polls?

When arguing at the U.S. Supreme Court, what, oh, what do you wear?

That was kind of the question during oral arguments in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case that turns on what voters can wear to the polls. The justices puzzled over the issue, repeatedly asking the lawyers what clothes could be prohibited under the First Amendment.

The problem seems to be, where do you draw the line on political speech?